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Pronunciation: /waɪl; (AmE) hwaɪl/

Translation of while in French:

conj (also whilst)

  • 1 (during the time that) pendant que he made a sandwich while I phoned il s'est fait un sandwich pendant que je téléphonais while in Spain, I visited Madrid pendant que j'étais en Espagne, j'ai visité Madrid I fell asleep while watching TV je me suis endormi en regardant la télé close the door while you're at it ferme la porte pendant que tu y es
  • 2 (although) bien que (+ subjunctive) quoique (+ subjunctive)
  • 3 (whereas) alors que, tandis que she likes dogs while I prefer cats elle aime les chiens mais moi je préfère les chats


  • a while ago il y a quelque temps a while later quelque temps plus tard for a good while pendant longtemps a short while ago il y a peu de temps it will take a while cela va prendre un certain temps after a (short) while au bout d'un moment once in a while de temps en temps

Phrasal verbs

while away

tuer [time] (doing, by doing en faisant)

Definition of while in:

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